Resources

By Jade, Sam, Laura, & Kaitlin

This is a list composed of films, TV shows, podcasts, social media accounts, and articles to help everyone become educated on the topics surrounding race. In compiling this list of resources we hope everyone takes the time to educate and further understand how to become a better ally.  

Films

  • When They See Us – account of the Central Park Five, now known as the Exonerated Five
  • The 13th – the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration 
  • Just Mercy – the story of a black man on death row for a crime he did not commit 
  • Say Her Name: The Life & Death of Sandra Bland – about Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in a jail cell in 2015 
  • Selma – depiction of Dr. King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 
  • The House I Live In – the impact of the War on Drugs on prisoners, prison guard, and the United States as a whole 
  • If Beale Street Could Talk – depicts the unlawful justice system and racial injustice faced by a black couple in the 1960s 
  • I Am Not Your Negro – documentary about the life and work of James Baldwin
  •  Fruitvale Station – based on a true story, recounts the death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer 
  • Maya Angelou: Still I Rise – the story of the iconic writer, poet, actress, and activist, Maya Angelou 
  • The Hate U Give – follows a teenage girl facing code-switching and police brutality 
  • Do the Right Thing – quintessential movie about police brutality 
  • Moonlight – highlights the grief and trauma facing black men, particularly through an LGBTQ lens 
  • Dead Presidents – about black soldiers in Vietnam and the struggles they faced returning home
  •  Loving – about the real-life couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who was at the center of the Supreme Court case that took down the ban on interracial marriage
  • BlacKKKlansman – set in the 1970s, it follows the first Black detective in Colorado Springs police department as he sets out to infiltrate and expose the local Ku Klux Klan chapter 
  • The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross – series chronicling the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent up to the present day 
  • Freedom Riders – the story of American civil rights activists’ peaceful fights against segregation on buses and trains in the 1960s
  •  Eyes on the Prize – 14-party documentary about the Civil Rights Movement in the United States 
  • Dark Girls – explores a deep-seated bias within black culture against women with darker skin 
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story – series tracing the case of Kalief Browder, a Black Bronx teen who spent three years in jail, despite not being convicted of a crime

TV Shows

  • Watchmen – generational repercussions of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre 
  • Black-ish – straightforward series about race following an upper-middle-class black family living in a predominantly white neighborhood 
  • The Wire – addresses structural racism and the impact of the educational system 
  • Insecure – young black professionals living in Los Angeles navigating friendships, relationships, and microaggressions in the workplace 
  • Dear White People – follows a group of Black students at an elite Ivy League university where they are the minority

Books:

Anti-racism

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR 

MASS INCARCERATION & CRIMINAL JUSTICE 

Are Prisons Obsolete? – Angela Y. Davis 

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander 

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

RACE IN AMERICA 

So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? – Beverly Daniel Tatum

Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race, Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations that Divide Us – Benjamin Watson

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do – Claude Steele

Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence: Understanding and Facilitating Dialogues on Race – Derald Wing Sue

Dark Days – James Baldwin

Podcasts

  • Code Switch – race & identity 
  • Yo, Is This Racist? – questions from listeners about whether or not something is racist 
  • About Race – how to get involved in anti-racism activism
  •  Come Through – 15 pivotal conversations about race in 2020
  • The Nod – stories about black life & culture
  • Counter Stories – effects of implicit bias and institutional racism on women of color’s reproductive health
  • Speaking of Racism – frank conversations about anti-racism
  •  Still Processing – how everything from books to arts to movies intersects with race in America 
  • The United States of Anxiety – race post-Civil War Seeing White 
  • Seeing White – history of whiteness in America
  • America Identity Politics – discussions about race, gender, culture, and faith 
  • The Stoop – mix of conversations and reported stories, especially under-discussed black experiences

Articles

Instagrams Accounts

Antiracism Center: Twitter

Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Justice League NYC: Twitter | Instagram + Gathering For Justice: Twitter | Instagram

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

The Movement For Black Lives (M4BL): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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